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Canberra shapes global conversation at TEDx

Jessica Schumann

It was Harry Houdini who said, “My brain is the key that sets me free.”

…the very spirit that is TEDX, a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together on a platform where ideas worth sharing can be shared, explored and inspired—from science to business, music to masculinity.

Tomorrow 600 people will descend upon the Canberra Theatre Centre to absorb, observe and listen to the ideas, achievements and stories of 17 local Canberrans who will spark deep conversation and connection through a TED-like experience.

TEDCanberra has taken the theme Uncharted as it graces the stage of The Playhouse tomorrow and brings together theatre, thinkers, innovators, teachers and enjoyment with some of Canberra and Australia’s most interesting presenters. It is an opportunity to let your mind explore the unchartered ends of new ideas while watching a live-hosted event before breaking to engage in inspiring discussions and projects.

A music teacher to her core, Anita Collins works at the University of Canberra and Boys Grammar School, and says this single event dictated her future career as a musician, educator and academic.

“I use TEDX, TED and TEDEd  movies as a resource all the time and I think it’s a very inspirational idea in the way that it’s not about a conference presentation or your research—it’s about your idea,” says Anita.

“And I achieved what I wanted to do at the end of my PhD—to push myself to find my idea and in order to that it included seeing if I could get onto TEDX, mainly because that would force me to find it…and now that I’m here it feels absolutely fantastic.”

If you’ve not yet discovered TEDX, it’s a platform for ideas worth sharing and that includes a little live entertainment too…


Jessica Schumann

A 'rambling ranga' at heart, Jessica Schumann is a bubbly, creative social thinker who thrives on words, social media and an innate knack for sharing stories. When she finds the time to write, Jessica seeks out the beauty in change and the essence of human condition. Varied and diverse in nature, her writing delves into the enviable world of people, travel, food and culture. When you can't find her in a nook writing, just follow your nose and you’ll soon find Jessica indulging in her other passion – cooking – or curled up on the couch with a good book in hand. You can find her over at ramblingranga.com.au. More about the Author